Mayor Keller addresses recent spike in violent crime

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(KRQE/File Photo) NM State Auditor Tim Keller

Mayor Tim Keller released a statement on the recent violence in Albuquerque. 

The Mayor says he is disheartened by the recent spike in violence. 

He then points to changes being made at the Albuquerque Police Department, including restructuring the police department to get more police officers on the streets.

Like families throughout Albuquerque, I am disheartened by the recent spike in violence in the city we love. We are focusing city priorities to help make the public safer. We restructured APD to get more officers and resources on the streets in your neighborhoods and are working with the community to better fight crime. As we work to turn trends around, our city’s recent violent confrontations have involved gun violence, drug trafficking and gang activity, and domestic violence that too often turns deadly. APD currently has nine homicide detectives and we are adding two more. We are also providing additional resources to help with the extra workload and address unsolved homicides.
 
I want to thank our officers who are on the frontlines fighting and investigating crime every day. We are working to get you back-up by hiring more officers and getting you the resources you need. The council and the city are drafting the budget this spring and these investments will take time. Right now we need everyone to come together with our neighborhood leaders, business-owners and faith-based organizations to take our city back. If you have any information about crime in your area, please call Crimestoppers at 505-843-STOP.”

The mayor says there are currently nine homicide detectives. He said his administration is adding two more and will provide additional resources to help with the extra workload and address unsolved homicides. 

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